A local Green Party candidate is supporting Rosetta residents’ calls for the provision of grit boxes.
Householders in Knockbreda Park and surrounding streets found it very difficult to get out of their homes – on foot or by car – during the Christmas and New Year cold snap and believe the availability of salt would help considerably.
Clare Bailey, the party’s Assembly candidate for Belfast South and council candidate for Lagan Bank in May’s elections, has written to Roads Service requesting the provision of grit boxes.
Clare Bailey said:
“The residents accept that their streets are not busy enough to be included on grit lorries’ schedule, but believe life would be much easier if salt was provided for them to spread themselves. Older residents would particularly welcome grit boxes.
“I am disappointed that Roads Service says this area does not meet its criteria for the provision of grit boxes. While these are not main roads, delivery lorries for a local grocery store pass along Knockbreda Park, one of which got stuck during the cold snap, adding to residents’ inconvenience. I would urge Roads Service to reconsider its decision.”
Green Party activists who recently visited Rosetta residents also heard concerns about speed on local roads. These comments have also been passed on to Roads Service, which has promised a full response.
Clare Bailey added:
“People, not cars, should have priority on residential streets. The Green Party is calling for a speed limit of 20mph in all residential areas, which would improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike, but particularly for children.”
South Belfast residents with similar concerns about their own areas are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.